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WALES ANNOUNCE 22-MAN SQUAD FOR QUALIFIERS

7th October 2016, 06:29

WALES ANNOUNCE 22-MAN SQUAD FOR QUALIFIERS

Wales head coach John Kear has named his 22-man squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers

Wales head coach John Kear has named his 22-man squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers. 

 

Kear has whittled his original train-on squad down from 29 to 22 players ahead of the qualifying matches against Serbia and Italy. 

 

Craig Kopczak will again captain Wales during the tournament, with Salford Red Devils team-mate Phil Joseph as his vice captain. 

 

The Dragons are boosted by the inclusion of Widnes Vikings' Gil Dudson and Lloyd White, although fellow Super League stars Rhus Evans and Ben Flower aren't in the squad. 

 

The majority of last year's Euorpean Championships winning squad have kept their place for the upcoming Qualifiers.  

 

Kear, whose side began their training camp on Wednesday, said: "I’m really pleased with the look of our squad as we aim to build on last year’s European Championships success.

 

"The addition of the likes of Gil Dudson and Lloyd White will add further experience to the squad and only make us stronger as a unit. It will also help some of the younger players in the squad.

 

"It is an important period for Wales as we aim to make the World Cup next season.

 

"We will be up against some challenges as Italy and Serbia are both strong sides who will boast some experienced players in their line-ups.

 

"Our group of players is a very hard working one and there is always a good atmosphere in camp, so we are looking forward to getting back to work. We want to build on our achievements last year."

 

Wales' full squad with numbers is as follows:

Squad No

Heritage No

Full Name

2016 Club

Twitter

1

452

Elliot Kear

London Broncos

@Kear53

2

446

Rhys Williams

London Broncos

@rhys_bepe

3

 

Calvin Wellington

St Helens

@calvinwelly

4

458

Christiaan Roets

South Wales Ironmen

@roetsy458

5

504

Regan Grace

St Helens

@ReganGrace5

6

502

Courtney Davies

South Wales Ironmen

@CourttDavies7

7

480

Ollie Olds

Souths Logan Magpies

@ollieolds93

8

451

Gil Dudson

Widnes Vikings

@Dudeson_33

9

454

Lloyd White

Widnes Vikings

@LloydWhite21

10

442

Craig Kopczak

Salford Red Devils

 

11

467

Rhodri Lloyd

Swinton Lions

@Rhodrilloyd93

12

462

Lewis Reece

Gloucestershire All Golds

@LewisReece2

13

428

Phil Joseph

Salford Red Devils

@philjoe13

14

465

Steve Parry

Gloucestershire All Golds

@stevenlparry9

15

469

Joe Burke

Oldham Roughyeds

 

16

474

Jake Emmitt

Swinton Lions

 

17

489

Anthony Walker

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

@Ant_Walker

18

461

Andrew Gay

Mackay Cutters

 

19

499

Matty Fozard

Sheffield Eagles

@mattyfozard

20

497

Morgan Evans

Gloucestershire All Golds

@MorganLucEvans

21

 

Ian Newbury

South Wales Ironmen

@iannewbury

22

496

Connor Farrer

South Wales Ironmen

 

 

Tickets for Wales' clash with Serbia in the World Cup Qualifiers on Saturday, October 15 are still on sale. They can be bought HERE

 

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Squad No Heritage No Full Name Current Club Twitter
1 452 Elliot Kear London Broncos @Kear53
2 446 Rhys Williams London Broncos @rhys_bepe
3   Calvin Wellington St Helens @calvinwelly
4 458 Christiaan Roets South Wales Ironmen @roetsy458
5 504 Regan Grace St Helens @ReganGrace5
6 502 Courtney Davies South Wales Ironmen @CourttDavies7
7 480 Ollie Olds Souths Logan Magpies @ollieolds93
8 451 Gil Dudson Widnes Vikings @Dudeson_33
9 454 Lloyd White Widnes Vikings @LloydWhite21
10 442 Craig Kopczak Salford Red Devils  
11 467 Rhodri Lloyd Swinton Lions @Rhodrilloyd93
12 462 Lewis Reece Gloucestershire All Golds @LewisReece2
13 428 Phil Joseph Salford Red Devils @philjoe13
14 465 Steve Parry Gloucestershire All Golds @stevenlparry9
15 469 Joe Burke Oldham Roughyeds  
16 474 Jake Emmitt Swinton Lions  
17 489 Anthony Walker Wakefield Trinity Wildcats @Ant_Walker 
18 461 Andrew Gay Mackay Cutters  
19 499 Matty Fozard Sheffield Eagles @mattyfozard
20 497 Morgan Evans Gloucestershire All Golds @MorganLucEvans
21   Ian Newbury South Wales Ironmen @iannewbury
22 496 Connor Farrer South Wales Ironmen